Archive for November 2014

12 Days of Thanksgiving: My Facebook Thankfulness posts

I’m nearing the conclusion of my 12 Days of Thanksgiving series of blog posts. Over the last several posts, I’ve been sharing my knowledge and experience about hosting Thanksgiving. I hope these posts have been helpful, or at least worthy of an “LOL”. During the month of November, some of my Facebook friends and I... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Prepping the Butterball for the Weber Kettle

This is a Weber Kettle charcoal grill. Yes, that's snow and ice. Yes, it REALLY cold out right now. (26F = -3C) Brrr.
In this blog series titled 12 Days of Thanksgiving, I am sharing the knowledge and experience I’ve gained over the last 20 years hosting Thanksgiving. Hopefully, some of the tips, recipies and suggestions are helpful. If not, then I hope you find the posts at least “chuckle-worthy”. Today is the day before Thanksgiving. I had... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Mincemeat cookies are the best cookie ever

Here's my hand-written recipe. You can find the recipe on the side of the mincemeat box, but when you open it, you have to tear the paper off the box. Bye-bye recipe, so I wrote it down. First thing to do? Set the oven to 375 degrees F.  (190 C)
During this blog series called 12 Days of Thanksgiving, I will share my experiences as a Thanksgiving hostess for most of the last 20 years in order to offer advice and encouragement to those that may need it. Click this link to see the rest of the series: 12 Days of Thanksgiving This post involves the... Read more »
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12 Days of Thanksgiving: The pumpkin puree fiasco and how to avoid it

You'll need a ginormous bowl, a 2 cup liquid measuring cup...
In this series of posts called the 12 Days of Thanksgiving, I am collecting my thoughts and experiences in one place to share with all of you. Over the last 20 years, I have prepared Thanksgiving dinner a minimum of 15 times. I’m pretty good at it. I was hoping to give you lots of... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Chex mix in 15 minutes

The rotten pumpkin that turned this into a Chex Mix post rather than a pumpkin puree post.
As a Thanksgiving hostess for at least 15 of the last 20 years, I decided to share my wisdom in this series of posts called 12 Days of Thanksgiving. This is post #3 and we’ll be making Chex Mix! Some of you are saying, “Wait a minute! This post was supposed to be about pumpkin... Read more »

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

12 Days of Thanksgiving: Homemade Cranberry Sauce
This post is #2 of a series I’m writing called the 12 Days of Thanksgiving. Click that link to find the rest of the posts. Because I’ve hosted Thanksgiving for at least 15 out of the last 20 years, I’m really good at it. How do I know? When the food is served and the... Read more »
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12 Days of Thanksgiving: Getting ready for the feast

Today is November 15, 2014, and we have exactly 12 days until Thanksgiving. I am hosting this year, as I have done for at least 15 of the last 20 years. I have it down to a science, or very nearly. Today, I start making preparations. I make my own cranberry sauce from fresh cranberries.... Read more »

Why I hate the phrase "non-life-threatening injuries"

Why I hate the phrase "non-life-threatening injuries"
I hate the phrase “non-life-threatening injuries” and I think the media ought to stop using it today. Right now. It should never be part of another news broadcast. Why? I’ll tell you why… Because “non-life-threatening injuries” sounds like everything is hunky-dory. It sounds like the reports are saying, “The person got bumped and banged around,... Read more »

How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season

How to keep yourself healthy this cold and flu season
While trolling through, I mean hanging out on Facebook, I came across a link to an article about the 8 germiest public places. Bleh. It was gross and it made me think about how to keep healthy during this cold and flu season. In case you don’t read the article (which you should, because it’s... Read more »
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Happy Birthday to my not-so-baby Baby

Happy Birthday to my not-so-baby Baby
Happy Birthday to my not-so-baby, baby! 11 years ago today, my sarcastically funny, exceedingly smart and sweet girl was born. I adore her, but she was my challenging baby. She spent the first 3 hours in the NICU “pinking up”, because c-section babies don’t get the fluids squeezed out of them the way natural births... Read more »